'''Mary Rowlandson''', née
'''White''', later '''Mary Talcott''' (c. 1637January 5, 1711) was a colonial United States|American
woman who was captured by Indigenous peoples of the Americas|Native Americans
during King Philip's War
and held for 11 weeks before being ransomed. In 1682, six years after her ordeal, A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson|''The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: Being a Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson''
was published. This text is considered a seminal American work in the literary genre
of captivity narrative
s. It went through four printings in 1682 and garnered readership both in the New England colonies and in England, leading it to be considered by some the first American "bestseller."